Workshops

I offer a range of workshops that bring together my 18 years of experience in Old School pole dance and Burlesque. I'd be only delighted to visit your studio and share my knowledge and expertise with you and your students, to help you to deepen your dance magic.
Interested? Scroll down to read about my current workshop offerings. To arrange your workshops, simply contact me and I'll share the pricing info and all the necessary T's and C's.

Workshops

I offer a range of workshops that bring together my 18 years of experience in Old School pole dance and Burlesque. I'd be only delighted to visit your studio and share my knowledge and expertise with you and your students, to help you to deepen your dance magic.
Interested? Scroll down to read about my current workshop offerings. To arrange your workshops, simply contact me and I'll share the pricing info and all the necessary T's and C's.
arlene caffrey the art of body waves masterclass

The Art Of Body Waves

This masterclass dedicated to resolving common stumbling blocks and sticky points when it comes to Body Waves, as well as celebrating them in all their glory!

This is for you if you want to level up your Body Waves and achieve flow and softness to your pole dancing.

I will share tips from my years of practice and dedication to body waves and the Old School style. I will help you in understanding what the entire body is doing when you execute a body wave: it has little to do with being naturally flexible and is all about technique.

There is a strong focus on individual feedback in this masterclass and understanding what you can do to maximize your current body waves.

I will guide you through an intense warm-up and then onto exercises that are specifically targeted at building better awareness of what your body is doing in a body wave, paying particular attention to shoulders, hips, hands and feet.

You will aim to build upon whatever mobility you already have, whether you are a complete beginner or already are immersed in the Old School style! Modifications will be given to suit different levels.

Suitable for ALL levels; you’re never too good to improve upon your body waves.

arlene caffrey old school pole flow

Old School Flow

Learn my signature style of Old School Pole Dance and the art of dancing in heels! You will learn smooth sequences of low flow and basework, including my classic OG-movements. There will be attention to lines, extension and getting the most out of your heels.

As well as this, I will share wisdom and prompts to help you to access another understanding of embodiment and sensuality; after all, Old School style is so much more than putting on heels and moving slowly.

The goal is that you will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to utilize your heels effectively, not only as a beautiful accessory, but as a tool for creating flow and seamless transitions with the pole. You will also be encouraged to combine all of the above together into a short sequence with a focus on owning your unique style and interpretation of the skills learned, honouring your heels and all that they represent without being bound to binary notions of what is or isn’t sensual.

Because technique is something I am geekily passionate about, we will begin the workshop by quickly covering the anatomy of your heels, as well as ankle strengthening exercises, to help you to understand how to control your movement and balance. From here, it’s easier to melt into a state of flow once you know you are sturdy and safe on your platforms. You will also learn about how to include active flexibility and extension in your dancing, so that you can become stronger and more flexible every time you dance: win-win!

You will need pole dance specific heels (such as Pleasers) for this session, preferably sandals. Thick leg warmers or knee pads are also recommended, as well as your pole shorts! You can rock up to this session in full sparkly regalia or you can show up in a hoodie; no judgment for how you’re dressed.

Suitable for all levels: Different variations/routines available for beginners through to advanced pole dance students. Requests for specific signature movements and sequences are welcome in this workshop. I can cater for mixed levels in the same group, or can create different workshops for different levels. Please specify upon booking which level(s) you would like to book so that I can prepare specific content for your group.

Want to focus on a specialized area? Basework only? Low Flow only? Contact me to discuss your bespoke workshop specific to your students needs.

arlene caffrey striptease workshop

Striptease

This workshop is a safe space for all folks to learn new sensual movement and performance skills in a non-judgemental environment. It is especially geared towards students that want to learn how to connect with the audience and bring a personal, authentic feel to their dancing.

In this 90-min workshop, I will teach you basic Striptease skills incorporating fun and darn sexy floorwork. It is not strictly a Burlesque workshop, however I will draw from my extensive knowledge and experience in the art of Burlesque in regards to building the tease and engaging with your audience, be it your own reflection or a loved one.

We will begin by discussing mindset and what it means to be standing in your power, to help you to become more at home in your own sensuality. I will then teach you basic striptease tricks and a short choreography that you can bring home, which incorporates all of our newly found sultry skills.

This will not exactly be all about dancing in order to please your partner or dancing to get attention. The focus will be on learning to move for your own joy and appreciating your own brilliance. In short, being the queen of your own queendom.

You must bring an extra layer on top (like a long sleeve top, something not too tight!) And an extra layer on bottom (like shorts on top of your shorts). Heels are not essential but recommended, provided that you can comfortably dance in heels and that they are a pole dance brand (eg: Pleasers). Leg warmers and knee pads are recommended.

Please feel free to dress up in sexy, sparkly attire (but make sure it’s comfortable and allows you to move/dance easily). Equally, wearing sweatpants and a hoodie is also fine, provided that you feel comfortable in it!

Please note that during this workshop, participants may be required to ‘buddy up’ and work in pairs, so that we can practice what we are learning with each other. Direct eye contact will also be used during this workshop.

Suitable for all levels: It is recommended that participants have taken some sort of pole dance class or basic dance class as a minimum before taking this workshop

arlene caffrey floorwork workshop

Floorwork Flow

Do you want to learn how to move like melting chocolate and captivate the audience with Old School floorwork magic? This is for you!

Whether you are a floorwork novice or committed floor-dweller, this workshop is about making the longest lines possible, understanding how to combine your movements seamlessly and sensually, extending your ankles and getting the most out of your every movement.

In this workshop, I will break down the fine details of floorwork from my 17+ years of OG pole and Burlesque expertise. You will learn how to make the smallest movements have the largest impact to the audience, with an emphasis on understanding common connection shapes and mastering transitions. 

This workshop is also for those who are perhaps experienced polers but don’t spend much time on the floor, and want to level up their floorwork game and improve their technique for dancing in heels.

I can break down my signature flowing transitions and dynamic movements with shoulder rolls, balances and poses (requests for specific movements and sequences are welcome!). You will leave this workshop with the skills to create your own floor choreography and with a clear understanding of the proper technique for impressive floorwork.

Suitable for all levels. Different variations/routines available for beginners through to advanced students. Requests for specific signature movements and sequences are welcome in this workshop. I can cater for mixed levels in the same group, or can create different workshops for different levels. Please specify upon booking which level(s) you would like to book so that I can prepare specific content for your group.

arlene caffrey doing a no hands jade split

Old School Spinny Magic

Do you want to take your spinny pole dancing to the next level? In this workshop I will teach you some of my favourite ways to dance through tricks on spinny pole, to help you to add more layers of texture to your dancing.

We will explore how to turn your climbs and inverts into a thing of beauty, and how to milk those transitions. I will also teach you some of my favourite old school tricks, such as gorgeous inside leg hangs, all the splits, and even a batwing if you’re up for it!

Again, the key word here is “DANCE”: we will not only learn tricks, but how to move in and out of them beautifully!

Suitable for intermediate and advanced students, ie: you should be comfortable with spins and pirouettes and inverting preferrably on both sides.

This workshop is suitable for Intermediate and Advanced level students who are comfortable with inverting. It can be catered for Intermediate level or Advanced level, or a mix of both. Please specify which level is desired upon booking me to your studio. Requests for specific signature movements and sequences are welcome in this workshop. 

arlene caffrey pole dancing

Old School Static Pole Tricks

Want more bang for your buck when it comes to tricks? I will share with you the art of making your tricks on static pole look effortless, interesting and flowy. I will teach you old school impressive tricks that don’t require super-human strength and flexibility. The key word here is “DANCE”: we will not only learn tricks, but how to move in and out of them beautifully!

This is a great workshop for anyone who wants to learn achievable and beautiful combos, transitions and tricks; let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that? I will share my signature old school rotating static-pole transitions and flows, dynamic drops, lots and lots of splits (requests for specific movements and sequences are welcome!). Suitable for intermediate students, ie: you should be comfortable with spins and pirouettes and inverting on both sides.

Workshops can be catered for Intermediate level or Advanced level, or a mix of both. Please specify which level is desired upon booking me to your studio. Requests for specific signature movements and sequences are welcome in this workshop. 

arlene caffrey doing a burlesque stocking peel

The Art of Stocking Peels

This workshop includes all of the goodness from the Striptease workshop, but purely focusing on the Art of Stocking Peels, ie: removing stockings in apparently complicated and impressive ways!

Stocking peels are a lot of fun, and not very difficult once you understand the basic technique. I will share the secrets to getting a good solid peel and then we will move onto learning the ‘tricks’ and various fancy ways of removing your stockings using flowing floorwork. How a-peeling, I mean appealing!

Bad jokes aside, we will also talk about mindset, building the tease and engaging with your audience, be it your own reflection or a loved one.

You will then pick your favourite stocking peel tricks and combine them into a short choreography that you can bring home, incorporating all of our newly found sultry skills.

You must bring your own stockings (hold-up stockings are best, or traditional stockings with a garter belt are good too). Knee pads are recommended, you can wear these under your stockings.

Please feel free to dress up in sexy, sparkly attire (but make sure it’s comfortable and allows you to move/dance easily). Equally, wearing sweatpants and a hoodie is also fine: anything that makes you feel comfortable and at ease.

This workshop is suitable for students of all levels. At a minimum, please ensure that you have a mastery of basic floorwork, such as that contained within my ‘Floorwork Fundamentals’ series (ie: floor body rolls, basic backwards shoulder roll, swivel-under, hip waves, prance legs, etc.)

arlene caffrey active flexibility

Flexy Legs: Active Flexibility

Do you want to get that ‘legs for days’ look? This workshop will help you to grow longer legs*!

(*This workshop may not make your legs physically grow longer, but you will certainly learn how to improve your lines and thus make your legs magically appear longer!)

Arlene will guide you through an intense warm-up and then onto exercises that are specifically targeted at lengthening leg lines and building strength through a range of motion, paying particular attention to glutes, calves, hamstrings, quads and hip flexors.

You will aim to build upon whatever flexibility you already have, whether you are a complete beginner or already have splits! This workshop can be especially helpful for those who may feel that they have plateaued or are finding it hard to get a flat split. Modifications will be given to suit different levels. You can always improve your lines no matter what level you are at. The aim is to help you to improve your range of motion so that you can take up more space and improve your lines when dancing.

There are no pre-requisites for this class, however if you are working with an injury please do let Arlene know in advance so that she can be aware of giving you specific modifications. 

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